Work finished on new apartments for older people in Sunderland

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WORK has been completed on the latest stage of a £16million housing development for elderly people.

A topping-out ceremony has been held to mark the final tile being placed on the roof of Dovecote Meadow on the Ford Estate in Sunderland.

The first two phases of the project – led by Housing 21, Sunderland City Council and Keepmoat – will provide 131 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as community space including a restaurant, hairdressing salon, care shop, wellbeing suite and convenience store.

Apartments are available either for rent or using flexible purchase options.

Bruce Moore, interim chief executive for Housing 21, said: “I’m delighted to see Dovecote Meadow taking shape. This scheme will provide high-quality apartments designed for independent living.”

Work on the final phase, providing a further 44 apartments, including dementia specialist accommodation, is due to start soon and is expected to be complete by 2015. Coun Graeme Miller, portfolio holder for health, housing and adult services at Sunderland City Council, said: “Extra care housing is making a significant difference to how older people live in the city. It is enabling people to live in their own home independently and within the community for longer.”